Watch to find out how to clean green with Toucan Eco bio-cleaning system

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

With the recent news coverage that the long-term use of chemical cleaning agents can have a significant effect on your health, compounded by the huge amounts of waste plastic bottles in our oceans and landfill, going green is the sustainable way for the world to clean.

Now there’s a new eco technology that helps save the planet one plastic bottle and chemical cleaner at a time!

To find out how please watch this video.

Read on to find out how to clean chemically free...

When it comes to chemical cleaning products, most of us don’t realise just how bad for the environment, and your health, they can be. With 1000s of professional cleaners using products of this nature on a daily basis, they are continually exposing themselves to increased health risks.
  • Over 200 million tonnes of toxic chemicals and environmentally harmful chemicals are produced in Europe alone each year (
  • There’s around 80,000 chemicals in common use within the cleaning industry.
  • Asthma and other respiratory diseases are on the increase.
Then there’s the waste. In the UK alone, we produce more than 100 million tonnes of it each year. Lots of this is plastic bottles. We’ve all seen what’s happening in our oceans and landfill, and single use waste plastic bottles from cleaning products is making that problem even bigger.
  • Each year of the 300 million tonnes of plastics that are manufactured globally,
  • Of this, in the UK alone we create about 100 million tonnes of waste each year, lots of which are plastic bottles
  • While only about 10% are recycled.
  • 8 million tonnes of plastic waste finds their way to the sea each year.
  • To cap it all off, It takes around 400 years for plastics to decompose.

Going green is a more sustainable way for the world to clean and has a many benefits for both the user and the planet.

Clean green with Toucan Eco bio-cleaning system

Toucan Eco only requires tap water, table salt and a low voltage electrical current to make an antibacterial multi-surface cleaner that kills more than 99.9% of bacterian. That's why it stops you using 80% of chemcial cleaners and the single-use #wasteplastic bottles they come in.

It’s 100% safe and non-toxic, non-hazardous and non-allergenic to humans or animals. Stringent tests have also been undertaken by EU accredited independent laboratories and university research departments.

“The solutions generated by the Toucan units have been proven to destroy microorganisms very quickly and comprehensively – using only water and salt. They are highly effective against bacteria, viruses, spores and fungi, providing protection to water, surfaces, fabrics, foodstuffs and people”. Professor Darren Reynolds of the Department of Biological, Biomedical and Analytical Sciences at UWE, who was recently interviewed on BBC’s War on Plastic with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.  

Tests have also shown that the solution kills up to 99.999% of microorganisms, including pathogens.

Different Toucan Eco models are available to suit any application - from domestic and small businesses to industrial - and because you make it yourself, you’ll never run out. It only costs as much as the water and salt. And it only uses about a 10th of the amount of electricity a kettle does. The Toucan Eco range are shown at the bottom of this blog.

Where it’s used

Think of it as a multi-purpose disinfectant and cleaner suitable. Simply make, spray, wipe or mop.

The solution will disinfect all hard surfaces and fabrics, killing 99.999% of bacteria. And with a gentle pH of between 8.2 to 8.7 it’s a non-aggressive cleaner too, leaving a smear-free finish on glossy surfaces without any chemical residue. It also cleans and removes stains from fabrics such as carpets, chairs and curtains.

And it’s ideal for use in kitchens and restaurants as it doesn’t have a strong odour or taste. In fact, it’s also a natural deodoriser, reducing odours in kitchens, washrooms and on fabrics by killing the bacteria that are the principal cause.

But just be aware while it is kind for the environment it doesn’t replace limescale removers or strong degreasers.

Here's the science bit!

The principles of electrolysis have been around since 1834, but it wasn’t until the 1970s when a Russian scientist called Professor Vitold Bakhir added salt to this process to create a brand-new solution – one that was found to have powerful disinfectant properties.

When a small electric current is applied to a salt and water solution, the hydrogen and oxygen in the water react with the chloride in the salt to produce hypochlorous acid, and with the sodium to produce sodium hypochlorite. This process is known as electrochemical activation, and that's how the clever Toucan Eco devices can make endless, safe and practical safe multipurpose disinfectant cleaner.

Hypochlorous acid is a powerful, safe and naturally occurring disinfectant. Sodium hypochlorite acts as a cleaner. When the body comes under attack from invading bacteria and viruses, the immune system responds by sending white blood cells, which produces the very same hypochlorous acid to fight the infection. So this technology is inspired by our very own immune system, creating the same, naturally occurring and safe solution, but in a more concentrated form.

Bringing the solution to the cleaning world

The technology started to be used as a chemical-free cleaner and disinfectant in industrial applications in the 1970s and remained one of cleaning’s best-kept secrets until recent times. With developments in technology, and the demand for more environmentally-friendly cleaning systems, new smaller devices have been designed that allow the solution to be made easily on demand in facilities.

This technology is trusted by a huge range of industries around the world. It protects the marine environment, disinfects drinking water, combats Legionella, and is used to safely disinfect and clean in everything from fish processing to carpet cleaning, salad packing to flower cultivation and dairy farming.

The applications are endless. And it’s now being used by the cleaning industry in restaurants, schools, nurseries, universities, government buildings and has even been enlisted to fight the war against bacteria for the British Army. It is used to clean workplaces such as Geneva and Copenhagen airports, NHS Blood & Transplant Service, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Volvo’s commercial haulage vehicles and more.

Independently tried and tested

The activated solution is certified safe as a general disinfectant and also safe in food preparation areas. It’s also certified as effective for use in risk areas. Toucan Eco is listed under Article 95 of the EU Biocides regulations. It’s non-toxic and non-allergic so there’s less risk to health, less plastic bottles thrown away, less health and safety training with no COSHH implications and costs less over time.

On top of that, there’s no servicing or reordering and it will contribute towards reducing your business’ carbon footprint.

Yes, it is possible!

To summarise, chemical-free cleaning is now a real possibility for the workplace. Toucan Eco bio-cleaning is a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly disinfectant and cleaning solution, which drastically reduces plastic waste by removing the need for 80% chemical agents.

As a chemical alternative, it’s not only fast-acting and economical, it is also non-harmful with a pH of between 8.2 and 8.7. It’s ideal for multi-surface application and works extremely well with microfibre and can be used to wipe, rinse, spray and mop.

If you’d like to find out how your company could adopt chemical free cleaning using Toucan Eco please get in touch and we’ll arrange a demo.